The Bedford County Anti-Drug Coalition has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
The grant was made in response to the anti-drug coaltion's submission of a grant proposal "to reduce binge drinking among 14-25 year olds," according to a letter confirming the grant to Luci Taylor, Bedford County project coordinator.
* "a written strategic plan and implementation plan in a format approved by the state with ninety (90) calendar days of grant contract execution. Agencies will also be required to execute the implementation plan in their community."
* the local anti-drug coalition is required "to implement and maintain organized policies and procedures."
* and the coalition must "participate in regional prevention workgroup meetings and activities."
The funding is for the period July 1 to June 30, 2012.
The Bedford County coalition was formed last September through a mentoring grant with the state for the stated purpose of preventing underage drinking and substance abuse.
Taylor said then that the group was started through a mentoring partnership with Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County and grew from meetings with state Sen. Jim Tracy, Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray and Shelbyville Housing Director Hershel Thrasher.
BAD now has more than 20 members representing community agencies in health care, education, law enforcement, government and faith-based organizations.
The coalition initiated community events for the purpose of distributing information, providing support and resources and planning events and workshops. The members also conducted regular monthly meetings to share information and discuss community issues about youth substance abuse and underage drinking.
Most recently, the group sponsored "Clean Sweep Drug Take Back" at the end of April. Some 2,260 pills of controlled substance, 103 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in by 40 participants.